Ohio bill says college athletes aren’t employees

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct 6, 2012, file photo, the Northwestern football team heads to the locker room after warming up before an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa. A ruling Wednesday, March 26, 2014, that the Northwestern football team can bargain with the school as employees represented by a union may not by itself change the way amateur sports operate. But it figures to put more pressure on the NCAA and the major conferences to give something back to the players to justify the billions of dollars the players bring in _ and never see. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct 6, 2012, file photo, the Northwestern football team heads to the locker room after warming up before an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa. A ruling Wednesday, March 26, 2014, that the Northwestern football team can bargain with the school as employees represented by a union may not by itself change the way amateur sports operate. But it figures to put more pressure on the NCAA and the major conferences to give something back to the players to justify the billions of dollars the players bring in _ and never see. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio legislative panel has changed a budget bill to make clear that college athletes are not employees under state law.

The move comes after a decision last month by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board involving the Northwestern football team. The ruling said that full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus have the right to form a union.

The Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee amended a sweeping budget proposal on Monday to clarify that college athletes are not considered employees.

Chairman Ron Amstutz (AHM’-stuts) told reporters the change could have little effect. But he says if it comes up, it will be in the law.

The amendment was among dozens made to the bill, which is on track for a committee vote Tuesday.

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